• 2017 May 18 10:09

    Oblique icebreaker Baltika breaks ice in the Arctic

    The oblique icebreaker Baltika is serving as a standby vessel at the Arctic Gates oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob, says the ship designer Aker Arctic. In May 2017, Gazprom Neft's Novoportovskoye field reached a significant milestone when the total cumulative oil shipped from the terminal onboard icebreaking shuttle tankers exceeded five million tonnes. Aker Arctic had a significant role in the development of this year-round transportation system.

    Baltika, the world’s first icebreaker with an asymmetric hull that allows icebreaking in ahead and astern directions as well as sideways, has been in service in the Gulf of Ob for almost two years. The vessel, originally designed by Aker Arctic as a multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Gulf of Finland, was chartered by Gazprom Neft as an interim standby vessel for the Arctic Gates terminal in 2015 following successful full-scale ice trials in the same region. Alexey Shtrek, who works as Development Manager at Aker Arctic, recently visited Baltika while the vessel was in operation off Cape Kamenny.

    Despite the fact that the vessel was not designed for operation in Arctic ice conditions, icebreaker Baltika has successfully carried out ice management at the Arctic Gates oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob for two consecutive winters. In early May, the thickness of fast ice around the terminal was about 1.6 m which is more than the maximum ice thickness found in the Gulf of Finland.

    When tankers arrive at the Arctic Gates oil terminal – every other day on average – Baltika supports the mooring and loading operations together with the icebreaking supply vessel Vladislav Strizhov. The more maneuverable oblique icebreaker also independently maintains the approach channel and keeps the tanker mooring site near the terminal clean of brash ice. During these ice management operations, the asymmetric vessel can break the frozen edge of the channel with the inclined port side and clear the channel by pushing the brash ice with the vertical starboard side. The ability to use the azimuth propulsion units – two in the stern and one in the bow – to keep the vessel stationary while simultaneously flushing brash ice around the vessel has been highly appreciated by Baltika's master.

    In addition to ice management, Baltika is also used to transfer loading and mooring masters as well as pilots to the tankers. The vessel's standby mission also include continuous readiness for emergency rescue and oil spill response operations.

    While Baltika is acting as an interim standby vessel, Aker Arctic developed the Aker ARC 130 A icebreaker design to support tanker loading operations at the Arctic Gates terminal. Two vessels, Aleksandr Sannikov and Andrei Vertitsky, are under construction at Vyborg Shipyard. These icebreakers, which represent a further development of the Finnish icebreaker Polaris with higher propulsion power and increased ice class, are capable of breaking up to 2 m thick level ice in both ahead and astern directions. They are specifically designed to operate in shallow water and challenging ice conditions such as thick consolidated brash ice.

    Aker Arctic was also involved in the development of the 42,000 DWT shallow-draught icebreaking shuttle tankers that were built specifically to transport oil from the Gulf of Ob to the ice-free port of Murmansk. The lead ship, Shturman Albanov, was recently awarded Ship of the Year 2016 at the international 2017 Marine Propulsion Awards. These Arc7 ice class tankers are based on the double acting ship (DAS) principle developed by Aker Arctic for ships operating primarily without icebreaker assistance in challenging ice conditions. The hull form was developed in co-operation with Samsung Heavy Industries and the development work included five weeks of ice model testing at Aker Arctic's ice laboratory in Helsinki, Finland.

     




2017 May 27

15:56 US Commission meets to discuss regulatory reform initiative & ocean carrier alliances
15:54 Seaspan accepts delivery of 14000 TEU SAVER Containership
07:48 DNV GL releases the new issue of MARITIME IMPACT magazine
07:45 Yilport starts investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes

2017 May 26

18:07 OOCL enhances Intra-Asia service network by launching the ITS and VJS products
17:48 Biofouling was on the agenda at the latest in a series of IMO workshops
17:40 Wärtsilä’s hybrid system increases offshore supply vessel’s engine efficiency
17:24 IMO treaty supporting free flow of international maritime traffic is the subject of a regional seminar in Bangkok
16:52 JSC “Latvijas kuģniecība” posts net profit of USD 0.16 mln in Q1 2017
16:00 Shanghai Maritime Court representatives visit WMU
15:33 Europort Masterclasses shape industry thinking
15:09 Press-conference devoted to new cruise opportunities held onboard Princess Anastasia in St. Petersburg
14:45 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg hosted business meeting with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Arctur Travel
14:11 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg BoD held regular meeting on 24 May 2017
13:36 Hydrographic boat of Project К 1100 Meridian launched at the port of Kaliningrad (photo)
12:58 MOL launches R & D on autonomous ocean transport system
12:27 Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop held in Auckland, New Zealand on 22-26 May
12:10 London will host 8th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response on 13-14 September 2017
11:39 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon
11:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Astarte with Glencore and m/v Erato with Phaethon
10:43 Training with all-arms forces of RF Navy's Northern Fleet started in the Barents Sea
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.60% to $51.13, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.78% to $48.52
10:06 Jacksonville harbor deepening awarded $17.5M in federal funding for construction
09:48 Indicative bunker prices continue going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:31 Navios Maritime Partners acquires five 4,250 TEU container vessels from Rickmers Maritime
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 918 points
08:06 BPA attracts SM Line to bolster cargo volume at Busan Port
06:26 NYK bulk carrier rescues fishermen off the coast of Peru

2017 May 25

18:30 Rostov Port Group partners with Donskoy Krepezh to acquire 80% of interest in construction company PROSPEKT
17:06 Panama Canal sets new record for largest-capacity vessel
16:17 BMT signs submarine framework agreement in Norway
15:02 RF Navy's Pacific Ocean Fleet detachment finished its visit to Jakarta
14:30 RF Ministry of Agriculture approves Strategy of sea terminals servicing fishing ships
14:15 Scorpio Tankers to merge with Navig8 Product Tankers
14:14 Norwegian Bliss' keel laying ceremony held at MEYER WERFT in Germany
13:37 NSAG joint venture wins contract to supply Integrated Platform Management Systems
13:21 Liability cover for Antarctic waters
12:40 New service for project cargo to the Arctic Ocean
12:39 DryShips announces delivery of its newbuilding Suezmax tanker
12:13 Cruise ship Costa NeoRomantica will make her maiden call at port Vladivostok on May 30 (photo)
11:39 Сore functions of London Protocol to participants at workshop in Accra, Ghana
10:55 Arctia strengthens its customer relations team
10:17 Gazprom Neft reports record net income for Q1 2017
09:46 Brent Crude futures price up 0.80% to $54.39, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.76% to $51.75
09:28 Baltic Dry Index down to 934 points
09:12 Keppel secures contract to build LNG carriers worth over S$100m
08:39 Nor Lines and Rolls-Royce sign landmark Power-by-the-hour service agreement
08:14 Wärtsilä propellers and shaft generator system chosen for two new RoRo vessels

2017 May 24

18:01 Finnish Business Community took over AEC Chairmanship at AEC Annual Meeting
17:55 Port of Hamburg’s total throughput up by 1.7 percent at 35.4 million tons in the first quarter of 2017
17:44 RAO/CIS Offshore to be held on 12 - 15 September 2017 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
17:41 Piraeus Port Authority investment plans tabled at 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum
17:37 Greece is open for cruise industry business says Greek minister at Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum
17:00 Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete merger
16:26 Throughput of NCSP Group up 1.4% to 50.6 mln t in 4M’17
16:02 MOL starts initiative to develop enhanced operational support tool
15:37 VSM reports record number of merchant vessel orders received by German yards
15:02 Australia develops new blockchain security architecture TBSx3
14:35 Stolt-Nielsen Gas orders two small-scale LNG carriers, with options for three additional ships
14:02 Port of Oakland vessel calls to Southeast Asia up 50 percent